In Mrs. Marie Clement’s Grade 7 Individuals and Societies classes, learning about ancient economies usually happens through an experiential, hands-on approach.
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With the start of our hybrid learning program, Mrs. Heather Nicholson roamed the playgrounds and classrooms to interview (two metres apart, of course!) students who came back to class. She wanted to know how it was going, what they liked and didn’t like about being back.
Early last week, students logged-on and were led through a virtual tour of the Paul Getty Museum. Together, the classes wandered and observed the many paintings, illustrations, and sculptures throughout the halls. They discussed the art, made comments, and asked questions.
What would I have felt on March 13, the day we all left school for Spring Break, knowing that I might not return until the start of grade 12? As bad as it sounds, I was relieved. I was happy to hear I would no longer have to wake up early or wear a uniform each day, and that I would be, instead, learning in the comfort of my own home. But I was wrong to feel relieved.
“The kids understand they are living through history—” MYP Teacher Ms. Anne Bolyard explains of this, “they know they’re living through a time that will eventually make it into the textbooks of their own children."
Last week, in homes across the lower mainland, students in Ms. McColl’s Art Class took place in a unique scavenger hunt. Searching through toy boxes and drawers and closets and shelves, students were after one thing… colour!
With her family’s spring break plans postponed, Yuxin Z. (Grade 4) found herself with some unanticipated free time, time which she happily filled with one of her favourite pastimes: drawing. Yuxin leafed through some nearby books, paper and pencils ready at her side, and waited for inspiration to strike.
Penny’s mother would get home from work, tired after a long day, and head straight to the sewing machine. She’d spend hours hunched over the whirring machine, mending socks and shirts and whatever else people brought by. “We owned the only sewing machine in our small village,” Penny explains, “and people needed her help.”